Top 10 U-23 players to look out for in the 2018 FIFA World Cup 

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#1 - Gabriel Jesus:

Brazil v Argentina - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier
Brazil v Argentina - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier

The question is yet to be answered as to whether Gabriel Jesus is the best rising talent in the world.

While he is very impressive at club level, he may not be "the" most impressive one, among a galaxy of other stars.

But, when it comes to international football, it is hard to think of any other youngster who is as crucial for his country-side, as Gabriel Jesus is.

The 20-year old has already scored 5 goals and provided 3 assists in just 8 games for the Seleção, all in official World Cup qualifiers.

The influence that Gabriel has had is just immense, and he is now considered a lock in Tite's lineup.

As a matter of fact, Brazil's national team is being touted as one of the top three favourites, if not the number one favourite, to lift the World Cup trophy in Russia.

If the Brazilians manage to do so, it would be for a record 6th time.

However, this will be easier said than done, and Gabriel Jesus of all people, is aware of the challenge.

The Manchester City star dreams to emulate the footsteps of his number one idol Ronaldo, who in 2002, was the hero of the final, after scoring a brace against Germany.

And if there is any Brazilian striker who has a bit of Ronaldo in him in recent years, then it would have to be Gabriel.

Whether he will go down in history just like his role model, remains to be seen.

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Edited by Aakanksh Sanketh
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